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Beyoncé Week: In 2007, the singer shone in Tampa, but too few fans noticed

Beyonce performs at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum in 2007.

Daniel Wallace

Beyonce performs at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum in 2007.



(Welcome to Beyoncé Week, our countdown to Beyoncé's concert on Friday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. For all our Beyoncé Week coverage, click here.)

It's hard to remember, now that Beyoncé is headlining stadiums around the world, but less than a decade ago, she was nowhere near that big a draw.

When she headlined Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum on July 21, 2007, only a few thousand fans bothered to turn out — so few that those who did show up were invited to wander down from the nosebleeds to fill up the seats in the lower level.

"It should have been pandemonium," wrote Times reviewer Sean Daly, "but it wasn't, another sign that plenty of seats were available."

How is it possible so many people were sleeping on Beyoncé back then? Granted, this was before Single Ladies, but it was after Crazy In Love, Ring the Alarm and Irreplaceable.

"With her 13-piece all-female band behind her, plus half-nekkid male and female dancers — plus deliciously plump, proud background singers — Beyoncé opened with Crazy in Love, her biggest, catchiest hit," Sean wrote. "'Listen!' she barked at the crowd, going off on exaggerated vocal runs and showing fans that she's no lip-syncer. She then stripped off the bottom half of her silver gown, revealing thighs that would make Wonder Woman weep. She then tucked in a snippet of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. And that was just the first song"

For Sean's full review of Beyoncé in Tampa in 2007, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:25am]


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